Bag&Baggage challenges their artists and audience to dig deeper, think bigger, and embrace truth in all its myriad forms. It is an honor and delight to be a part of this company, working alongside some of the most creative and talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing; serving a community with a deep love of art and beauty.
Ever since playing the crocodile in his first grade production of Rudyard Kipling’s How the Elephant Got Its Nose, Peter has been performing — whether it was show choir, school plays, or the band he formed in high school. In college, after a brief period of thinking he’d go into opera or hotel management, he landed at the theatre department. After apprenticing with the Grand Canyon Shakespeare Festival, Peter graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Performance. The day after, he went work in Flagstaff’s only professional theatre, AZTheatreWorks, where he received further training in Jehlinger and Shakespearean performance.
In 2001, he struck out for the East Coast, quickly becoming a fixture in NYC’s independent theater scene — working in spaces such as La Mama E.T.C., HERE Arts Center, The Kraine, and The Brick. In addition to acting, Peter wrote theatre criticism and short plays, produced, directed, curated productions, and worked as a literary tour guide. He also served as a producing board member of Native Aliens Theatre Collective, as Director of Development for Dysfunctional Theatre Company, was a staff writer for NYtheatre.com/Indie Theater, and was the Customer Service and Operations Manager for Dramatists Play Service.
In 2011, he and his wife started a new adventure and moved to Portland. His first stage credit in Oregon was in Bag&Baggage’s production of Crimes of The Heart, which introduced him to the company that he considers family. He joined the Resident Acting Company in 2014, and since then has been a proud and ardent supporter of the B&B’s mission and vision. When he’s not at the theatre, Peter cooks Indian food, plays the ukulele poorly, and spends time with his wife Dawn and their delightful, incorrigible daughter Olivia.